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The Wizard of Lies (2017)

TV-MA | | Biography, Crime, Drama | TV Movie 20 May 2017
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The fall of Bernie Madoff, whose Ponzi scheme robbed $65 billion from unsuspecting victims; the largest fraud in U.S. history.



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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 1 win & 20 nominations. See more awards »


Cast overview, first billed only:
Diana Henriques ...
Diana B. Henriques (as Diana B. Henriques)
Peter Madoff
Eleanor Squillari
Martin Flumenbaum
Agent Cacioppi
Agent Kang
SEC Investigator
Ike Sorkin (as Mark LaMura)
Dan Horwitz (as Michael Goorjian)
Nicole De Bello


The fall of Bernie Madoff, whose Ponzi scheme robbed $65 billion from unsuspecting victims; the largest fraud in U.S. history.

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Only those you trust can truly betray you.


Biography | Crime | Drama


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20 May 2017 (USA)  »

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-The film's premiere drew 1.5 million viewers, making it HBO's largest premiere viewership for an HBO film in four years; additional replays and viewings through the network's streaming service brought the film's total viewers to 2.4 million for its premiere weekend. See more »


In a montage in which Bernie is calling Ruth from prison, he leaves her multiple voicemail messages. This is technically impossible to do, as all phone calls placed from federal penitentiaries must be accepted by the person the prisoner is calling. This is to prevent people from receiving unwanted phone calls and voicemail messages from prisoners.

The entire premise of the montage is unrealistic. If prisoners could call whomever they want whenever they want, all kinds of people would receive unwanted and threatening messages, including victims of the prisoners' crimes. See more »


Mark Madoff: You should trust me in helping with advisory. I can handle this kind of thing for you.
Bernie Madoff: That's my business, not yours.
Mark Madoff: Ahd what happens when you're gone?
Bernie Madoff: I'm not having this discussion with you.
Mark Madoff: I'm just asking you...
Bernie Madoff: I'm not having this discussion with you.
Mark Madoff: What is it, dad? Tell me. What is it? Is it that I'm not cut out?
Bernie Madoff: Are you not listening me?
Mark Madoff: Just be honest with me. Just tell me.
Bernie Madoff: Do you not see what I have to deal with, the shit I have to go through on a day on daily basis?
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Big Noise from Winnetka
Written by Ray Bauduc, Bob Crosby, Bob Haggart & Gil Rodin
Performed by The Club Colette Jazz Band
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Super Disappointed
30 May 2017 | by See all my reviews

I am fascinated by the Madoff story and couldn't wait to see the movie based on DeNiro and Pfeiffer being cast in the staring roles. This movie was so bad that I started painting my nails within the first 20 minutes. This is one of those films that you keep on watching HOPING that it will get better. It didn't. The casting was all wrong and the movie lacked an identity. Flashbacks/Old Lifetime movie/Documentary with a strange drug trip thrown into the mix - the script never made up it's mind about how it was presenting the information. The language, drug trip, and P conversation was completely unnecessary. It's as though the writer was trying to copy Wolf of Wall Street (which was horrible too). HBO needs to get back to quality. DeNiro will win an Emmy because he is DeNiro but he didn't fit the part at all. There were two scenes that reminded me exactly of his performance in Casino. He brought nothing new to the party. It feels like he took this part for the check.

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